London is among the top tourist destinations during the summer no matter what year it is, but this summer the number of visitors is going to increase exponentially. Even before the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Olympics takes place on July 27th, people from every corner of the globe will be flooding into England’s capital city. Will you be one of them? If so, there are some things you’ll want to make sure to plan for in advance so you don’t end up flat broke or simply broken down.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard how “souvenir” is the French word for “memory,” and how memories are the best kinds of keepsakes we can bring home from our travels. On one level, I know that’s true, and I have many precious travel memories of vistas, people, and foods. But let’s face it, it’s nice to bring home something tangible, too.
Of course, one person’s cherished souvenir is another person’s tacky piece of plastic. While I do have one of those mini-Eiffel Towers I bought near the base of the life-sized monument in Paris during a college trip, however, the souvenirs that are nearest and dearest to my heart are things that don’t look much like travel souvenirs at all.
One of the mantras you’ll hear repeated by slow travel advocates is that the best way to really get a feel for a place is to get away from the well-beaten path that most visitors take. It’s that “less traveled” road that poet Robert Frost talked about, except that the “less traveled” road in question may be quite well-traveled, indeed – the difference is that it’s busy with locals rather than foreign visitors.